Money and Work

As a senior editor for AARP Media, Carole Fleck covers personal finance, the economy, older worker, retirement planning and other news affecting people 50-plus.

Debt Collectors Fined, Told to Back Off

Here’s some good news for people hounded by relentless debt collectors and hauled into court. Two of the nation’s biggest debt collection companies have agreed to stop lawsuits against borrowers and drop collections on some $16 million in judgments. In a settlement with New York authorities, Portfolio Recovery Associates, based in Norfolk, Va., and Sherman Financial Group, based in New York, also agreed to pay fines to settle allegations that they violated state law by pursuing borrowers for debts that …

What’s Mom Worth? Between $62,985 and $118,905

It’s difficult to put a price tag on moms (or so we’d like to think). Nevertheless, as Mother’s Day approaches this Sunday, two websites calculated a mom’s worth based on her various jobs around the house. Think top chef, chief accountant, chauffeur and teacher. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data that correlates with those jobs outside the home, Insure.com said moms are worth $62,985 in 2014. That’s higher than their value last year, which was $59,862. >> Sign up for …

Unemployment for Older Workers a Little Bit Better

Employers added a higher-than-predicted 288,000 jobs to the economy in April and older workers seemed to benefit a little from that momentum, the government said Friday. Among men age 55 and older, the jobless rate in April declined slightly to 4.7 percent from 4.8 percent in March.  Older women saw a similar drop, to 4.6 percent from 4.7 percent the month before. For some perspective on the improving employment picture, consider that in April 2013, the jobless rate for older …

Three Generations, Three Different Retirements

So it seems that boomers and the Generation X that followed them believe a traditional retirement, the kind where you clock out of the job permanently at age 65 to travel, play golf, visit the grandkids or relocate to a sunnier destination, isn’t in their future. Yet Millennials, the oldest among them in their mid 30s, are much more hopeful. They predict they’ll retire at or before they reach their mid 60s, according to a survey released Wednesday by the nonprofit …

Low-Wage Jobs Replacing Middle-Income Jobs, Report Finds

First the good news: Millions of jobs that were lost during the Great Recession seem to be finally coming back. Now the bad news: Most of those newly created  jobs are low-paying ones in fast-food restaurants, retail stores and temporary administrative services -  industries that are less affected by an economic downturn, according to a new report by the National Employment Law Project, a research and advocacy organization. Today lower-wage industries employ 1.85 million more workers than at the start of the …

Do You Worry About Money? Join the Club

Whether you’re nearing the end of your working life or still several decades away, Americans all share the same financial fear: Will I have enough money to retire? More than two in three Americans ages 30 to 64 say their top financial worry is whether they’ll be able to save enough to live reasonably well in retirement, according to a Gallup poll released this week. Not being able to pay for medical costs was the top money fear for people …